Welcome to our Website

The Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC] supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity.

From ancient history and heritage science to modern dance and digital content

The AHRC funds research on a very wide range of subjects, from traditional humanities such as history, English, linguistics, French and other modern languages, philosophy and classics, area and interdisciplinary studies to creative and performing arts such as drama, dance, music, art and design.

Research into these subjects helps us to interpret our experiences, probe our identities, interrogate our cultural assumptions and understand our historical, social, economic and political context. It adds to the economic success of the UK, through its contributions to the knowledge economy and innovation agenda. The research we fund can lead to improvements in social and intellectual capital, community identity, learning skills, technological evolution and the quality of life of the nation.

You should find everything you need on this website. Whether you’re looking for how to apply for funding opportunities, subjects covered, case studies and information about research we’ve fundednews and events or how to contact us, you’ll find it here.

Creating an Impact

As a publicly funded body, it is important that we evaluate the research we fund. We have developed a number of methodologies and resources to provide confident and effective assessments of all our funding. Find out more about our impact strategy and evaluation framework, or read some impact case studies.

News & Events

UK/Irish bilateral awards announced

Five new UK/Irish research collaborations have been announced thanks to a joint funding partnership. R ead this press release to find out more.

AHRC appoints Director of Policy and Public Affairs

Jonathan Breckon has been appointed as the new Director of Policy and Public Affairs. Read this press release to find out more.

AHRC signs new international memorandum

AHRC Signs Memorandum of Understanding for Scholarly Collaboration with US organisation. Read this press release to find out more.


Read about

The economic, social and cultural impact of arts and humanities research.

International Activity
Influencing arts and humanities research beyond the UK

Knowledge transfer
Collaborative activities between academic and non-academic partners.

Funding Initiatives
Addressing issues of intellectual and wider cultural and social or economic urgency.

What's New

Design  in the Digital World: call for participants to attend a five day residential event to be held in High Wycombe, 8-12 December 2008.

Digital Economy Programme: Call for proposals for research hubs.

Find out more about these calls on the Digital Economy Programme pages.

What's New

Arts, Humanities and Innovation Seminar - 24th November 2008

Find out more about this Seminar. 

Whats New

Call for proposals under our Religion and Society Large and Small Grants Scheme.

Find out more about this programme.